The Arizona Diamondbacks throttled the San Diego Padres by a score of 9-0 last night. It was perfect night for the Diamondbacks, as the offense and pitching staff were rolling over the Padres in San Diego. It took until the 8th inning for the Diamondbacks to blow things up.
The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning and were quiet before an eruption in the top of the 8th for 7 runs. The star of the night for the Diamondbacks was Merrill Kelly. With Kelly dealing, all it would have taken is 1-run to get the win. Kelly went 7 innings allowing just 2 hits in his time on the bump.
Arizona blew the doors wide open in the 8th against Trey Wingenter and Nick Margevicius. Between the two relievers, they allowed 7 earned runs while recording 3 outs. The Padres’ offense was lifeless and they didn’t want to be playing, so either way, they were going to be ending up with a loss.
Motivation to play and win plays a pivotal role in the final week of the regular season. Teams that don’t want to be playing really don’t do a good job of hiding it. That isn’t to say it’s going to be every night, though. The Padres aren’t going to go winless in the rest of the regular season.
The Padres rounded out the night with only 3 hits. An ugly night for San Diego, but there hasn’t been a pretty night lately for the Padres. They’ve called it a season and have gone just 1-8 in their previous nine games. After signing Manny Machado, this was not supposed to be intended plan for the Padres.
Late September was scheduled to be an exciting time in San Diego. Optimism was in the air with the Machado signing, but instead, we’re talking about the Padres going 1-8 in their last nine and an overall record of 69-85 going into tonight. We’ll see what they have in store for 2020, but before then, they’ll have to get through this year.
Cal Quantrill has been a punching bag recently, so we’ll see if he can get his season turned around to conclude his rookie season. He has been looking awfully fatigued out there. Luke Weaver will be activated from the IL to make his first start since May tonight. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Padres pick.
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Luke Weaver was rolling through hitters at the plate before he had to exit and go to rehab. It could have been much worse news for Weaver and the Diamondbacks. The fact that he is able to return in 2019 is great for Arizona. If he can stay healthy next season, the Diamondbacks could suddenly have a pretty strong rotation. The combo of Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, and Luke Weaver sounds pretty good to me. And I didn’t even mention Robbie Ray who was viewed as the best pitcher in the desert after the Zack Greinke trade. Ray has a talented arm, but he hasn’t been able to reach his full potential thus far.
Before heading to the IL, Weaver was sharp with a 2.81 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 62.1 innings. Leading up to his injury, he allowed 2 or fewer runs in six out of eight games. He also went ten straight outings with 3 or fewer runs allowed. In fact, the only game that Weaver allowed more than 3 runs in was his debut against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Not an easy spot to make a debut, but Weaver was able to hold his own and then use that confidence to get better.
He certainly did that and Weaver has been pitching better on the road, too. Despite allowing 4 earned runs at Dodger Stadium, Weaver carries an ERA of 2.41 and 1.07 WHIP in 33.2 innings pitched on the road. After his debut against the Dodgers, Weaver allowed 2 or fewer runs in his next five outings on the road. Conversely, there isn’t anything good to say about Quantrill recently.
Quantrill has gotten bombed recently, with a whopping 28 earned runs allowed in his previous four starts. In his last three tilts, Quantrill has gotten hammered for a 14.59 ERA, 2.59 WHIP, and .457 OBA. One of those showings was against the Diamondbacks, a game in which he allowed 10 hits and 8 earned runs in 5 innings on September 2nd. Arizona has walloped Quantrill for a .385 batting average and .407 OBP in 26 at-bats. The Diamondbacks likely get their second win in two days in San Diego on Saturday.